USD Presents Jan Goldsmith '76 (JD) the Author E. Hughes Career Achievement Award

Jan Goldsmith '76 (JD)

San Diego (March 18, 2013) - On April 27, 2013, University of San Diego (USD) will present San Diego City Attorney Jan Goldsmith, ’76 (JD), with the Author E. Hughes Career Achievement Award. Goldsmith is one of nine distinguished alumni who will be honored by USD at the 2013 Alumni Honors Gala.

“Jan Goldsmith’s distinguished career is exemplary of a commitment to service that characterizes the very best of our graduates and members of the legal profession,” said USD School of Law Dean Stephen Ferruolo. “The law school is very proud of Goldsmith’s achievements and honored that the University is bestowing this award in recognition for all that he has done for the City of San Diego.”

Goldsmith graduated magna cum laude from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1976. He began his legal career with Seltzer, Caplan, Wilkins & McMahon and later established his own law firm specializing in business litigation. 

Goldsmith’s service to city government began when he served as the City of Poway’s deputy mayor from 1989-90, and then served on the city council beginning in 1990.  He also served as mayor of Poway. He was elected to the state assembly in 1992 and served three terms in the California State Assembly, representing the Northern San Diego City District.

Goldsmith was appointed as a San Diego Superior Court Judge in 1998.  He spent his first six years on the bench handling criminal and civil trials, and his final years assigned to an independent civil calendar. He was elected San Diego City Attorney in 2008 and re-elected in 2012. Goldsmith taught as an adjunct professor at USD School of Law in Fall 2007.

About the University of San Diego Alumni Honors Program

USD has recognized more than 150 distinguished alumni since the inception of the Alumni Honors program more than 17 years ago. The cocktail-attire event begins at 6 p.m. with the awards ceremony in the Joan B. Kroc Institute of Peace & Justice, followed by a gourmet soiree under the stars. Tickets are $75 per person and can be purchased at by calling (619) 260-7889.

About the University of San Diego School of Law

Recognized for the excellence of its faculty, curriculum and clinical programs, the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law enrolls approximately 900 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world. The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest and taxation.

USD School of Law is one of the 81 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates. The law school’s faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 23rd worldwide in all-time faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, nonprofit, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.